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Classical Landscape

Willem RomeynMid-17th century

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

William Romeyn was born in Haarlem, where he became a pupil of Nicolaes Berchem. He visited Rome in 1650-1, and his works are absolutely typical of the so-called ‘Dutch Italianate’ style.

This little evening study places pack animals against a picturesque cityscape reminiscent of the Roman forum. The figures and animals show Romeyn’s clear debt to Berchem.

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  • Title: Classical Landscape
  • Date: Mid-17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w419 x h352 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Companion to DPG 5. Not in 1824 inventory.
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Noel Desenfans, ?1785-?1807; ?London, Christie's, Desenfans sale, 12 May 1785, lot 40 (probably bt in); London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: Signed, bottom right: "W ROMEŸN" (WR in monogram)
  • Further Information: William Romeyn belongs to the so-called second generation of ‘Dutch Italianates. His oeuvreconsisted primarily of Italianate landscapes with shepherds and grazing cattle. Stylistically, he pays tribute to Berchem, Karel Dujardin, and Adriane van de Velde. This little evening study places pack animals against a picturesque cityscape reminiscent of the Roman forum. There is a strong suggestion of evening; the animals give the impression of resting after a long day. Romeyn has handled the poetic light with considerable delicacy. The figures and animals show Romeyn’s clear debt to Berchem. It is considered to be a pair to Romeyn'sLandscape(DPG 5), also displayed in this room.
  • Artist: Romeyn, Willem
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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